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Gray Squirrel

Grouping Seedivore – All of your bird seed is on the menu!
Nicknames Bushy Tail Squirrel, Tree Rat, @#$%^&*!
Best Known For Raiding bird feeders. Defeating “squirrel proof” bird feeders. Storing nuts and planting the forest. Chewing into people’s homes. Waking you up from a sound sleep. Life Span 3 to 5 years.
Mating Season Spring and Summer. Female squirrels can be hard to capture with bait during this time. We offer pickles and she wants ice cream!
Reproductive Details After a 44 day gestation period 3 to 5 squirrels are born in a litter. Two litters born per year: spring and mid-summer. Early litter females may become sexually mature the same year.
Dispersal First (spring) litters are driven away from the nest. Second (summer) litters often remain with the adult female through the winter and are driven off prior to the next spring’s litter.
Habitat Mature trees, oak groves, hollow trees and houses. Houses are big hollow trees to a squirrel. Activity Cycle Active during the daytime year round. Cavity nester.
Food Nuts: walnuts, pecans, acorns, maple seeds, sunflower seeds, corn and flower bulbs. Will also eat eggs and baby birds. That omelet thing again.
Damage Signs Holes chewed through wood, aluminum and vinyl. Wood chips and attic insulation on the ground below entrance holes. Chewed electrical wires. Electrical shorts. Water leaks. Shingles on the ground. Damaged insulation. Strong ammonia smell due to urine. Damage to car electric, fuel line and brake systems. Squirrels are a chainsaw with a fuzzy tail.
Treatment Trapping. Remove trees and branches too close to the house (keep them back 10 feet). Keep bird feeders away from the home. Do not purposely feed squirrels. Properly secure vents on the home. Keep gutters clear and flowing.  Look up!
Distinguishing Features Large bushy tail as long as their body. Incredible acrobatics. Gray coat sometimes with a red tinge and white underside. Black color phase (melanism) and white color phase (albinism).
Risk Risks to human safety are severe in cases where squirrels have chewed and damaged wires inside the home as well as in vehicles. Fires, accidents and death may result. Squirrel dander, urine and fecal matter can harbor pathogens and allergens and can place people with compromised immune systems at risk.
Nests & Dens Squirrels will nest in hollow tree cavities as well as build beach ball sized nests in tree branches from sticks and leaf debris. If your home is the “hollow tree” in the landscape, then nests are constructed primarily of attic insulation and other collected debris.  

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